Lester And Sox Get Pounded By Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays continued their dominance of the Boston Red Sox on Saturday as Evan Longoria and company compiled 17 hits through nine innings in order to secure a 14-5 victory over the Sox.
Jon Lester (2-3) couldn’t find the mark against the Rays, especially Longoria, as the 25-year-old southpaw pitched 4 1/3 innings giving up 10 hits and eight runs while striking out six.  Tampa Bay’s third-basemen went 2-for-4 with a homerun and five RBIs to expand his league lead in RBIs to 44.
Rocco Baldelli went 2-for-5 with a homerun for the Sox but it wasn’t enough against Scott Kazmir and the Rays as Tampa’s lefty recorded his fourth win of the season.
Tampa Bay will look to win its seventh straight with Matt Garza on the mound tomorrow night against Boston’s Josh Beckett.

Manny Suspended For Failed Drug Test

          Manny Ramirez Faces 50-Game Suspension

According to ESPN and The Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Manny Ramirez has tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

The former Red Sox slugger faces a suspension of 50 games as the penalty is expected to be announced later on Thursday.  The earliest date Ramirez could return from his suspension is July 3.

The times reported that Ramirez is expected to say the positive test results were a result of medication received from a doctor for a personal medical issue. Full story.

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Masterson And Sox Lose To Pavano And Tribe

Indians Snap Red Sox 9-Game Home Winning-Streak

Just Masteron (2-2) gave up six runs through 6 1/3 innings of work to hand Boston its first loss at home in ten games.  Carl Pavano led the Tribe with a six innings of two-run ball as Aaron Laffey pitched the last three innings for the Indians allowing only two hits to the Bo-Sox hitters.

Tim Wakefield will take the hill for Terry Francona and the Red Sox tomorrow, squaring off against Cleveland’s Jeremy Sowers.  Here’s a full recap of tonight’s game.

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Sox Complete 2-Game Sweep Of Yankees

Red Sox Enjoy First Visit To New Yankee Stadium

Jason Bay and the Boston Red Sox completed a sweep of the New York Yankees on Tuesday night beating New York 7-3 in their first trip to the new Yankee Stadium.

Bay’s three-run blast in the first inning helped set the tone for Josh Beckett (3-2) and the Sox (17-10) to improve their season record against their rivals to 5-0. 

Beckett allowed three runs and 10 hits over six-plus innings of work. Beckett’s only costly mistake in the outing was a Johnny Damon three-run homerun in the third.  Boston held a 4-3 lead going into the eighth inning when a Jason Varitek sacrifice fly and a Nate Green single helped Boston stake a 6-3 lead.

Jeff Bailey added one more run for the Sox in the ninth with a bases loaded walk.

Hideki Okajimia pitched two innings of hitless and scoreless relief and Takashi Saito shut the door on the Yankees with a scoreless ninth. 

Terry Francona and the Red Sox go-ahead with their treacherous streak of games without a day off as they host the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park on Wednesday night.

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Remdog Recovering From Cancer

NESN announced Wednesday that Red Sox color commentator Jerry Remy is taking an indefinite leave of absence to fully recover from the effects of cancer surgery.

“I want to focus on completing my recovery so that I can return to work without distractions or interruptions,” said Remy, a former smoker who underwent surgery for lung cancer late last year.-Full Story